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Homophobia : How We All Pay the Price - WARREN BLUMENFELD


How We All Pay the Price


Published: 1st June 1992
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The hatred of lesbians, gay males, and bisexuals remains an "acceptable" prejudice in our society, despite the widespread damage it causes in all of our lives. Inviting sexual minorities and heterosexual men and women to become allies in the fight against homophobia, the contributors to this anthology explore how homophobia colludes with sexism by forcing people into rigid gender roles; how homophobia causes unnecessary pain and alienation in family relationships; how it works against health-care policy and arts administration that would benefit all members of society; and how homophobia leaves the policies of religious insitutions unfulfilled 
In both personal and analytical essays, the contributors show how the fight to end homophobia is everyone's fight if we are to bring about a less oppressive and more productive society. They offer concrete suggestions on transforming attitudes, behaviors and institutions.

'This invaluable collection of essays makes forcefully clear that homophobia stunts the hater even as it oppresses the hated. In a country like ours, so intolerant of differentness, there can be no more important message.'--Martin Duberman

Introductionp. 1
Definitions and Origins: Homophobia and Other Oppressions
Squeezed into Gender Envelopesp. 23
S(h)ifting the Terms of Hetero/Sexism: Gender, Power, Homophobiasp. 39
Racism and Homophobia as Reflections on Their Perpetratorsp. 57
Moving beyond Binary Thinkingp. 67
Children, Families, and Homophobia
From Silence to Suicide: Measuring a Mother's Lossp. 79
"It Has Nothing to Do with Me"p. 95
"In the Best Interests of the Child": Thoughts on Homophobia and Parentingp. 114
Homophobia, Homosexuality, and Heterosexual Marriagep. 131
Other Societal Manifestations of Homophobia
Appearancesp. 157
Lesbian Baiting as Sexual Harassment: Women in the Militaryp. 167
Loving What Is Real: Toward an Inclusive Jewish Familyp. 177
True to Our Traditionp. 187
Homophobia, Censorship, and the Artsp. 205
Homophobia and AIDS Public Policyp. 217
Breaking Free
On Being Heterosexual in a Homophobic Worldp. 235
Homophobia and the Healing of Societyp. 249
Benefits for Nonhomophobic Societies: An Anthropological Perspectivep. 258
Appendix: Conducting Antiheterosexism Workshops: A Samplep. 275
Contributorsp. 303
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ISBN: 9780807079195
ISBN-10: 0807079197
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 318
Published: 1st June 1992
Publisher: Beacon Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43